Buccal fat removal is designed to both slim and shape your face. In youth, a round face is deemed attractive but as we age a more angular face is considered more attractive. Aesthetic facial analysis reveals that in females a heart shaped face is most attractive while in males a square shape is preferred.
Female: Heart Shape
Male: Square Shape
Patients with round or cherub cheeks have less prominent cheekbones and jaw profile. Removing buccal fat slims the cheek creating a more angular and shapely facial aesthetics.
Buccal fat is removed by making a small incision inside the mouth where the scar will never be seen. Buccal fat is removed from inside the cheek in a symmetric and volume appropriate manner. Dissolvable sutures are placed inside the cheek and patients will assume a full liquid diet for a week.
Swelling does occur but should be mostly resolved at about one month. The result is a slimmer appearance to your cheeks with a smooth and scarless technique.
All patients are unique and results may vary
Expectations and Recovery
Length:30 minutes to 1 hour
Anesthesia:General (occasionally local with sedation)
Side Effects:Temporary swelling and mild pain
Risks:Pain, bleeding, infection, rare damage to nerves, incomplete improvement
Recovery:Back to work: several days. Full liquid diet for 1 week
More strenuous activity: 2 weeks
Final Appearance:1-2 months for swelling to completely resolve